Spend a fistful of dollars to schedule a private consultation with an immigration lawyer in your area.
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you seem to be potentially eligible for DACA.
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You are not eligible for DACA because you came here at age 16 and one of the requirements is to have entered prior to turning 16.
I am not sure what you mean by the time cap on applications for citizenship from underaged immigrants. I think you are missing an important step, which is the green card / permanent residency . That always comes before citizenship. But, in order to have a petition, a qualified relative must petition you. Unfortunately, with very limited exceptions (which you should look into), in order to fix your situation a family member needs to petition for you, especially if you are not in removal proceedings. Think about making an appointment to discuss your options. Good Luck.
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